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This is disturbing. A book distributor for indy publishers won't play ball with Amazon, so Amazon pulls all their e-books.
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One business should not be obligated to do business with another, and if Amazon and the publisher cannot come to terms then either side should be able to end the business relationship. If you want to argue Amazon is a monopoly and they are using that monopoly power unfairly, then I guess you've got some issues (I'm not sure they are a monopoly), but I decide which companies I want to do business with on a daily basis, and plenty of people decide whether they want to do business with me. If one or the other of us doesn't like the terms of the arrangement, then we either come to a new agreement or cease doing business.
 
One of many reasons why I haven't switched to e-books yet.
 
Further to +R. Scott Kimsey's well articulated point, one could probably argue that "forcing" Amazon to still carry the book is what would actually make it a monopoly. The fact that this publisher can go to other e-book outlets and sell at terms they consider more favorable is exactly what prevents a monopoly from forming.

If it means a lot to you, you need to vote with your pocketbook. Please, please, please do not invite government regulation to level the playing field here.
 
Yeah, this isn't a negative for Amazon. I blame the book publishers that handed the market to Amazon. Just like music on iTunes, the legacy publishers' need for gatekeeping and restrictions caused their customers to lock into Amazon's platform. Now Amazon realizes it has the better position at the bargaining table, just like iTunes did, and they can dictate terms by which books get distributed. This is a properly functioning market and, like it or not, it's exactly what the publishers asked for.
 
Am I lost again? I thought books could be published in all e-reader formats, including kindle, even if they were available independent of the e-reader publisher. Aren't books from google and others available in kindle format, even though they are not available direct from Amazon?
 
+Easton King Yes, voting with our feet or wallets is exactly what we should be doing. Amazon and this independent publisher are both making business decisions. As consumers, we get to decide who to support.

+Charlie Kravetz Yes, anyone can publish a book in Kindle (.mobi) format. It isn't hard to do. Whether or not Amazon is going to carry the book is up to Amazon, but as far as I know there is nothing stopping this publisher from selling .mobi format books on their own web site or elsewhere.
 
Holy crap, the article doesn't say whether or not pulling the books applied to those already purchased. After the fiasco with 1984, my desire to purchase e-books has diminished.
 
It won't apply to already-purchased books. The 1984 fiasco (which I agree was a fiasco) dealt with rights and the fact that the original book sale was not authorized to begin with. In this case, there is no dispute concerning the legitimacy of the original sales, Amazon just won't be carrying the book going forward.
 
Amazon is sending a message to other publishers as well: don't challenge the gorilla. But I wonder: are these publishers going to cave in or will they feel provoked to start their own (collective) e-book distribution site? And what if they decide Amazon can shove it?
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Actually amazon is sending a different message to these publishers: don't put all your eggs in one basket (amazon).
 
It is refreshing to see people responding to an article on here that actually know what they are talking about. As a business owner myself, as well as digital content provider, it is entirely between me and the publisher as to where my content is available. Reading +R. Scott Kimsey and +Easton King 's comments make me glad that there are people out there who still understand how businesses operate.
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